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Conrad Murrell's Funeral: Forever With the Lord

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    We welcome you to this special occasion,
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    this special moment,
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    as we come to give thanks to God
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    for the life of Herbert Conrad Murrell
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    of Bentley, Louisiana.
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    He was born December 15th, 1928 in Bentley
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    and went to be with his Lord
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    February 23rd, 2018
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    at the age of 89 years,
    2 months, and 8 days.
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    He's survived by his children
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    Timothy Murrell and his wife Shirley,
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    James Murrell and Cherry,
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    Kenneth Murrell and Sylvia,
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    William Murrell and Brenda,
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    and Pamela Johnson and Dale.
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    Step-children, Gary Gatch and Lynn,
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    David Gatch and Melissa,
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    Julia Cogan and Christopher,
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    and Stephanie Holliday;
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    17 grandchildren,
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    17 great-grandchildren,
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    a sister Glenda Landry
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    and a host of other family
    members and friends.
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    He was preceded in death
    by his first wife Eunice,
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    his second wife,
    Grace Owens Gatch Murrell,
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    his daughter-in-law,
    Kay Malone Murrell;
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    his parents Alvin and
    Era Thompson Murrell,
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    brothers Kerwin, Fred,
    and Waynon Murrell,
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    and a sister, Lila Gayle Willingham.
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    "Forever with the Lord."
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    Those were Conrad's words
    about his father Alvin
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    when he passed in 1971.
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    I heard him say it in a sermon
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    joyfully, powerfully -
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    "forever with the Lord."
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    And now it applies to him.
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    To his father and his mother
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    and his first wife Eunice
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    and his second wife Grace,
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    and now Conrad himself,
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    forever with the Lord.
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    "And I heard a voice from heaven saying,
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    'write this: Blessed are the dead
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    who die in the Lord.
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    From now on, blessed
    indeed, says the Lord,
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    that they may rest from their labors
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    and their works do follow them.'"
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    "A good name is to be chosen
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    as better than precious ointment."
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    So how can one describe Conrad Murrell?
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    How would you describe what he was to you?
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    Perhaps a beloved father or grandfather?
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    A father in the faith?
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    The greatest influence in your life?
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    The deepest thinker and
    preacher you ever heard?
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    A faithful brother and a true friend?
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    Or, just a godly, humble man?
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    He was one who carried the mark
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    and fragrance of Christlikeness
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    for over 65 years as a Christian.
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    Mark LaCour, on his first trip to Bentley
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    to meet his preacher he had heard of,
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    said this, "I drove to nowhere
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    to meet a man no one knew,
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    who would become my father in the faith.
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    That day changed everything.
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    Who I would marry,
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    what work I would do,
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    the brethren I would come to love,
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    how I would minister,
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    and who this great God is
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    that I would come to know more fully
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    because of Conrad Murrell."
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    (Incomplete thought)
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    We could stay here till the end of March
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    sharing memories.
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    What single greatest memory do you have
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    of Conrad's life or ministry?
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    Well, the first time I heard him preach
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    was 1977 on a cassette tape.
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    A friend gave me a cassette series
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    called "Faith Cometh."
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    I was forever changed.
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    First time I heard him in person
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    was in Weatherford, Texas, in 1980.
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    And then the last time I heard him preach
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    was in St. Louis at his beloved friend
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    Holmes Morris' conference in April 2013.
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    I, like many of you, remember
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    many particular sermons
    that were life-changing.
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    The Ruth series;
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    the Sin of Jeroboam;
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    the Passover series on
    redemption from Exodus;
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    "Paul, a Pattern of Conversion," Acts 26;
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    the Mysteries of the
    Kingdom on the parables.
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    Don Johnson said God gave His church
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    a great gift when He
    gave us Conrad Murrell,
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    with his unique ability to show us
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    the difference between
    truth and popular error.
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    I remember personal times in our home
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    and his kindness and
    prayers for our children.
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    And I remember him distinctly saying
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    how children grow up too quickly
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    and are soon gone.
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    I remember a two-mile walk with him
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    one morning when he was 84
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    over here at his house.
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    He was walking so briskly,
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    I could hardly keep up with him.
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    I remember conversations on theology
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    and sharing some of my views,
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    hoping he would be impressed,
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    or at least that he might agree.
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    He wasn't impressed.
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    But he would begin graciously sharing
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    the truth with me more,
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    and insight and wisdom would flow,
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    and I realized I had not seen as much
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    as I had thought I'd seen.
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    I remember his love for all his churches.
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    Your churches.
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    And many others he loved over the years.
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    He always had his churches on his heart,
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    and in his mind, and in his prayers.
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    We all remember how wonderfully
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    he led the Bentley camps,
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    and those afternoon Q&A's.
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    He would try to get you to ask questions
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    and very few would ask questions,
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    because they knew he was going to sum up
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    at the end the things that we had said
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    that were incorrect.
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    In two sentences, he could just distill
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    the gold from the moment.
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    I, like so many many,
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    greatly benefitted from his great wisdom
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    and discernment,
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    and his ability in giving out counsel.
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    I once sought his counsel on
    a major decision in 2017.
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    Several people affirmed
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    my considering this choice.
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    He alone said to me,
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    'Don't do it. I don't think God's in it.'
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    And he was right.
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    I was spared a great mistake.
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    I remember his humility.
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    His simplicity of life. His honesty.
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    His no sense of self-importance.
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    His godliness, his sense of humor,
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    his love for his wife,
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    his children, his grandchildren.
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    And, of course, I remember
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    the power and the authority
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    of his preaching.
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    Gary Gatch said this:
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    "I remember vividly how his messages
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    fed my soul.
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    I had never experienced that before,
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    but I had longed for it.
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    I remember thinking
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    that is what preaching should be -
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    the heavenly power,
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    the solid doctrinal content,
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    the experiential reality,
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    the accurate, deep
    theological understanding,
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    coming under the anointing
    of the Holy Spirit
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    like an irresistible force
    of awesome truth.
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    When you heard Conrad preach regularly,
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    it would hit you, it would slap you,
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    it would startle you, surprise you,
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    rattle you,
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    even confuse you for awhile.
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    You'd go away saying
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    now wait a minute.
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    I thought I knew.
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    I thought that...
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    I've always believed...
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    I've never heard such things before.
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    That's what his ministry would do to you.
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    But in the coming days,
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    a metamorphosis happened
    supernaturally in your life.
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    You start being changed by the truth.
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    You're freed. You're transformed.
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    You begin to love the Bible more.
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    You begin to have clarity on doctrines
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    that you never were clear on before.
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    You begin to love God's people more.
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    You begin to see salvation in a way
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    never seen before.
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    You begin to see this is a much bigger
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    and bigger God and more glorious Christ
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    than you've ever realized.
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    And you even joyfully begin to realize
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    the Holy Spirit is real and wonderful.
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    Conrad's ministry did that
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    to hundreds, perhaps thousands.
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    The force of truths by the Spirit
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    through a man from Bentley.
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    Unknown and yet well known.
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    Conrad and his friend Leonard Ravenhill
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    stood alone in power in preaching
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    above all others, in my opinion.
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    And time fails us to share
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    all that we remember and treasure,
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    but an old Christian said
    of a godly friend of his
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    who passed away, whose example and life
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    was powerful. He said this.
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    And I thought this
    applies to Conrad Murrell.
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    "In a day of hustle and bustle
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    and busy activity,
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    it would do us well to study the life
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    of one who stood in
    the midst of this world,
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    but was not of this world,
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    was never drawn into it
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    and spent his life
    drawing others out of it
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    into the joy which
    he himself so fully knew.
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    In an age of false ideas
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    and shallow hero worship,
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    it is good to have seen one
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    who took at his model the Son of God,
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    and he knew above most
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    what intimacy with God means
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    in producing a true and fragrant life."
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    His dear friend Holmes Morris
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    said of Brother Murrell,
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    "Conrad saw and felt deeply
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    that which was wrong with modern churches,
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    and was not afraid to
    take a stand against error."
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    Well, that's kind of an understatement.
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    He writes a tract:
    "Mourn. God may hate you."
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    Or I could mention others.
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    "He was not afraid to
    take a stand against error.
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    A man has to have the
    power of the Spirit of God
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    upon him to have such
    a ministry for years."
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    Holmes Morris says,
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    "I believe he had special
    gifts and anointing
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    which became the key
    to his entire ministry.
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    It has been said when
    a giant tree finally falls,
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    it leaves an empty space in the sky.
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    When God finally takes Conrad Murrell
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    home to glory, it will certainly leave
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    a huge empty space in our sky."
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    In the early years of his ministry,
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    Conrad wrote a weekly column
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    in the Colfax Chronicle
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    called "Bread from the Book."
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    It was just devotional commentary
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    on Psalms.
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    And on Psalm 42, Conrad said this:
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    "It is a terrifying experience
    to look around you
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    and find yourself alone
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    without anyone on earth
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    to rescue you from peril,
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    but it is a most wonderful
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    and blessed reality when
    you lift your eyes
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    above the land of the living,
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    all of whom shall very soon die.
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    It's a blessed thing to lift your eyes
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    to the eternal God who ever lives
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    and to find Him to be
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    your everlasting refuge."
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    Praise God for our dear brother.
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    To the children:
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    Herbert Conrad Murrell.
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    Do you know him?
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    Tell me.
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    His name they did mention.
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    Among the saints he did labor.
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    With boisterous voice, he spoke His favor.
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    I am crucified with Christ,
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    nevertheless I live.
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    He stood firm.
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    His life the Lord did sieve.
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    You've heard the power
    in which he did speak.
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    Christ in His glory,
    and yet this man weak.
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    No great man in his own stature.
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    His Lord, his only pasture.
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    Tell me you've heard.
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    He didn't speak his own name.
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    The faith of the Son of God his only fame.
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    A man remembered for his God.
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    A testimony of where our Savior trod.
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    Tell me they've told you
    about his great King.
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    Tell me they've told
    you His praise to sing.
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    Tell me they've told you
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    about the kingdom he'll inherit.
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    Tell me they've told you,
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    it's not by his merit.
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    Tell me they've told you,
    it should be yours.
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    Tell me they've told you,
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    Christ would open the doors.
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    Tell me they've told you
    why he did preach.
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    He could not contain the
    love he had for each.
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    Tell me you've heard
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    of the great God he should soon behold.
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    Tell me you've heard
    of the riches he's told.
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    For his telling is past,
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    but yours is not.
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    Abound in what you've heard.
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    Let it not rot.
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    Children, speak.
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    Love others to the end.
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    For our great God a Savior did send.
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    Tell me they've told you
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    the power of obedience and humility.
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    Tell me they've told you
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    his peace and victory.
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    I am the youngest of five children.
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    I was the baby.
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    I was kind of apart
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    from my brothers and sisters growing up.
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    And I just wanted to share
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    some of the things that I observed
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    of my dad.
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    You may not know.
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    These are little things; small things.
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    My dad had a little room.
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    It was no larger than a small closet.
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    He could barely fit the little desk in it.
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    He had some homemade bookshelves.
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    His library was in that bookshelf.
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    Spurgeon.
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    Wesley.
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    Brainard.
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    Josephus.
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    See, those of are some of the books
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    I remember reading.
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    Some of the scholarly,
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    some of the sermons - Spurgeon's sermons,
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    he studied those very, very deeply.
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    He was a big fan of the Reformation.
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    That was the strongest part of his drive;
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    formed in what occurred
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    during the Reformation.
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    A lot of the truths that he discovered,
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    that God showed him,
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    came from the teachings
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    of these great preachers
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    that taught during these times.
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    But he would get up in the morning,
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    and you wouldn't see him.
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    He would go to that room.
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    He would not come out.
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    You could hear him pray.
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    You could hear him talk to God.
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    That's how he started his day
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    every single day.
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    On Monday's, he didn't eat.
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    Monday was his fast day.
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    For most ministers that I've seen,
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    their focus is on Sunday
    and Wednesday night,
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    and maybe some business
    meetings in the church,
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    but dad's - what I saw was daily.
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    I never saw him get mad at something
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    that he shouldn't have gotten mad at.
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    He's gotten mad at me.
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    He got mad at a lot of things.
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    But I never saw him get mad
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    at a lot of things that we
    would have gotten mad at.
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    Case in point:
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    We lived on Hanley Loop.
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    He stuck his hand
    underneath the lawn mower.
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    And it split his fingers.
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    And his vernacular was not extreme.
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    What he said was not extreme.
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    He very calmly called me over.
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    I was seven years old.
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    Called me over and said,
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    "Billy, go get your mama."
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    That was it. Go get your mama.
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    He knew he needed help.
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    There was no point in
    saying anything else.
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    His humor - he was a pragmatist.
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    He was a sneaky, sneaky pragmatist
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    when it came to work.
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    Now, as a young man, I didn't
    like to work too much.
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    I worked very hard because
    my dad made me work,
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    and I learned to work.
    He taught me to work.
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    I remember this one particular time
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    that I had discovered
    a few games at school,
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    and one of them was pick-up-sticks.
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    You remember pick-up-sticks?
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    He said, "you want
    to play pick-up-sticks?"
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    Yeah!
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    We all know what happened next.
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    I'm in the backyard or in the pasture
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    picking up sticks.
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    So, his humor was amazing.
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    He made up words.
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    He made up words.
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    But the one word that sticks with me
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    is "stickability."
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    Stickability is your ability
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    to finish whatever you start.
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    That's meant a lot to me in my life.
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    I'd like to close with this one thing
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    that I remember from one of his sermons.
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    He said as an analogy
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    to make people realize how small
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    and insignificant we are in this world;
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    he said the next time you start thinking
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    yourself high and mighty;
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    next time you start thinking
    well about yourself,
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    go get a bucket. Fill it with water.
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    Stick your arm in the bucket.
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    Slosh that water around
    as much as you want to
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    for as long as you want to.
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    And when you pull your
    arm out of that bucket,
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    the hole that you leave in that bucket
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    is the impact that you left on this world
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    when you leave.
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    That's the truth.
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    My dad's impact was not of his own doing.
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    It was because he made himself
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    an instrument.
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    That's all.
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    Thank you.
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    (Incomplete thought)
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    I haven't had the honor of sitting under
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    as many of my papa's sermons
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    as many of you have.
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    I've sat through some.
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    But, that is an honor.
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    Because of papa,
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    my dad was always a pastor.
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    I do remember when I was young
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    going to some of his revivals
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    and camp meetings from time to time.
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    Dad would bring us.
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    When I was four years old,
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    the very first song I ever sang in church
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    was "He's Still Working On Me."
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    And I know that I never went
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    to any of my Papa's camp meetings
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    or revivals that he didn't request
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    that I sing that song.
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    And at the time, it was
    just a childhood song.
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    I'm not going to say it didn't
    mean anything to me. It did.
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    But, you know, you
    think of it kind of like,
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    "This Little Light of Mine,"
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    or just a childhood song.
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    But through the years, it has grown
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    to mean more and more to me.
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    And I find that the lyrics are applicable
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    to any age no matter how young or old.
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    Because we are a work in progress always.
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    There's always more growing
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    that we can do in the Lord.
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    And I know that that was
    part of my Papa's message
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    to all that he shared Jesus with.
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    And there was never a time - not one -
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    even as recent as Christmas day
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    when we sat at the dinner table
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    and Papa sat to my left
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    at the head of the table.
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    He would always say,
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    "He's still working on me,
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    is He still working on you?"
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    Always. Always.
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    And that was the last
    time that he said it to me.
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    And today, the song,
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    though it began as just a childhood song
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    means more to me than it ever has before,
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    and I know that it always will.
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    I'm not sure of the date,
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    but it was the day after Christmas
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    when he was put into the hospital.
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    In the weeks following,
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    we went to visit him in the hospital,
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    and he slept the whole time.
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    He didn't wake up to visit.
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    And we were getting ready to go.
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    Pam was there. My dad was there.
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    My husband, Kevin, and myself were there.
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    And we stayed and
    visited for a little while,
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    and before we left,
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    I just felt led to lean over
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    and to sing it into his ear.
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    And I asked which was his good ear
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    and I leaned over
    and I sang it in his ear.
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    And he started kind of
    moving around in the bed.
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    And he opened his eyes
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    and they filled up with tears.
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    Because I think we were questioning
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    if he was responsive or hearing us.
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    But he definitely heard it
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    and he opened his eyes
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    and they welled up with tears.
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    And he started moaning as if to say it.
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    He couldn't get the words out,
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    but I know that they were there.
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    So, Kaylee and I are
    going to sing it today.
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    If you know it, sing along with us.
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    I wanted to read a Scripture.
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    Philippians 1:6
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    "Being confident of this very thing,
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    that He which hath
    begun a good work in you
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    will perform it until
    the day of Jesus Christ."
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    Praise the Lord.
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    On February 23rd,
    Papa drew his last breath.
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    And he was complete.
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    But up until that moment,
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    he chose to allow Jesus to continue
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    to work on him throughout his whole life.
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    And so I challenge all of us,
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    I know if he was here
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    and could say one more thing to me,
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    he would say,
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    "He's finished with me,
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    but is He still working on you?"
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    Let's join our hearts in prayer.
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    Our gracious God and Father in heaven,
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    we praise Thy holy name.
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    And we are very thankful today
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    for the grace of God
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    that came to Conrad Murrell
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    in saving him as a young adult,
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    so suddenly, so powerfully;
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    and for calling him into the ministry
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    of the gospel of the grace of God.
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    Lord, thank You for the grace that's come
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    to him and through him,
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    to his family and to so many.
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    We're grateful for the life and ministry
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    of your servant.
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    Lord, many of us could say
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    in our own lives,
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    there's not arisen in all our lives
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    a prophet like this Moses,
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    whom the Lord knew so closely.
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    Or like Elisha,
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    a holy man who passed
    by our lives continually.
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    Like a David who served his own generation
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    in the will of God.
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    And now has died in a good old age,
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    full of days, riches, and honor.
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    Full of faith and the Holy Spirit.
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    And like Simeon has now departed
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    in peace.
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    Father, Your Word says the day of death
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    is better than the day of one's birth.
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    Better to go to the house of mourning
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    than the house of feasting.
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    And the living take it to heart.
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    Far better, said Paul,
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    to depart and be with Christ,
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    because that is gain.
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    So, Lord, today comfort every heart here.
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    We feel like there will be a deep hole
  • 25:55 - 25:57
    in our water bucket for a long time.
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    It's there. A big space in our sky.
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    This one who's now with You.
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    Thank You for the fruit that abides.
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    Thank You for the
    legacy, for the memories.
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    Lord, Your Word says
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    the name of the wicked will rot,
  • 26:16 - 26:19
    but the memory of
    the righteous is blessed.
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    So comfort every heart.
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    Strengthen every soul.
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    Touch every tear.
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    Make us all more faithful Christians,
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    not only because we had Conrad
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    touch us in our journey.
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    Make us more faithful now in his death,
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    more like him,
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    and ultimately, Lord,
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    more like our Savior.
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    We thank You, Lord,
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    for that pure river of the water of life,
  • 26:48 - 26:50
    clear as crystal, proceeding out of
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    the throne of God and of the Lamb.
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    Lord, in the midst of the street
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    on either side of the tree of life.
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    And Lord, we thank You there,
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    there will be no more curse,
  • 27:01 - 27:03
    but the throne of God and the Lamb
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    shall be in it,
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    and Your servants will serve You.
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    And they shall see Your face.
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    And Your name will be on their foreheads.
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    And there's no night there.
  • 27:16 - 27:18
    No need for candle or light of the sun,
  • 27:18 - 27:21
    for the Lord God giveth them light,
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    and they shall reign forever and ever.
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    And He said these sayings
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    are faithful and true.
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    Behold, I come quickly.
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    Blessed is he who keeps the sayings
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    of the prophecy of this book.
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    Lord, we bless Your name this day.
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    We worship You in this hour.
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    And we're very, very grateful
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    from our hearts for all Your mercies
  • 27:48 - 27:50
    that You've shed abroad
  • 27:50 - 27:52
    through such a life.
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    In the sure and mighty name
  • 27:55 - 27:57
    of our Lord Jesus Christ,
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    we pray. Amen.
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    There's an old saying
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    that God buries His workers,
  • 28:07 - 28:10
    but doesn't bury His work.
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    But a work that is never buried
  • 28:12 - 28:14
    works off of the memory
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    of the workers that are.
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    And one of those such workers
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    is H. Conrad Murrell.
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    In Ecclesiastes 7,
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    we've referred to it a few times already,
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    it says in v. 1, "A good name is better
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    than a good ointment,
  • 28:29 - 28:31
    and the day of one's death is better
  • 28:31 - 28:34
    than the day of one's birth.
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    It is better to go to a house of mourning,
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    (here)
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    than to go to a house of feasting
  • 28:39 - 28:41
    because that is the end of every man
  • 28:41 - 28:44
    and the living takes it to heart.
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    Sorrow is better than laughter,
  • 28:46 - 28:47
    for when a face is sad,
  • 28:47 - 28:49
    a heart may be happy.
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    The mind of the wise is in
    the house of mourning,
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    while the mind of fools
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    is in the house of pleasure."
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    Verse 1 of Ecclesiastes 7
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    talks about a good name,
  • 29:04 - 29:06
    and how a good name is better
  • 29:06 - 29:08
    than a precious ointment.
  • 29:08 - 29:10
    And of course, you kind of wonder why
  • 29:10 - 29:12
    there's a comparison between an ointment
  • 29:12 - 29:14
    and a good name.
  • 29:14 - 29:16
    And of course, back in the day,
  • 29:16 - 29:18
    when a baby was born,
  • 29:18 - 29:20
    depending on the wealth of the family,
  • 29:20 - 29:23
    they would anoint the baby with ointment.
  • 29:23 - 29:26
    And so, as he's making this comparison -
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    Solomon here writing Ecclesiastes -
  • 29:27 - 29:29
    he's drawing these contrasts
  • 29:29 - 29:30
    when it comes to wisdom
  • 29:30 - 29:33
    it isn't always found in the
    conventional kind of way.
  • 29:33 - 29:35
    Many times, it's found in contrasts
  • 29:35 - 29:37
    where you have a good name -
  • 29:37 - 29:38
    a good name -
  • 29:38 - 29:40
    not just a name you're given at birth,
  • 29:40 - 29:42
    but a good name.
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    And it's better than that ointment
  • 29:44 - 29:46
    that you were given at birth.
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    And that's why he says a
    little bit later on in v. 1
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    that a good name translates also
  • 29:52 - 29:56
    into pleasant expiration dates.
  • 29:56 - 29:58
    They go together.
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    So December 15th, 1928
  • 30:03 - 30:06
    was the day Conrad was born.
  • 30:06 - 30:10
    According to Ecclesiastes 7,
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    February 23rd, 2018 is a better day.
  • 30:15 - 30:20
    In fact, he celebrated
    that birthday 89 times
  • 30:20 - 30:21
    and that one day in February
  • 30:21 - 30:29
    is worth all the more than that
    one day in December combined.
  • 30:29 - 30:31
    Because that's what the text says.
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    They don't compare in value.
  • 30:33 - 30:36
    So what makes the day of one's death
  • 30:36 - 30:37
    a better day?
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    You've got to be asking the question
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    to yourself as you sit here
  • 30:41 - 30:43
    in the classroom, God says,
  • 30:43 - 30:45
    in Ecclesiastes 7,
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    which is the house of mourning.
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    Will my day of death be
    better than my birthday?
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    Really, the only way you
    can answer that question
  • 30:57 - 30:59
    is the first part of the verse:
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    Do I have a good name?
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    We don't really care about the ointment
  • 31:03 - 31:06
    you might be having in
    your storage pantry.
  • 31:06 - 31:08
    It's the good name.
  • 31:08 - 31:12
    So what makes February 23rd, 2018
  • 31:12 - 31:19
    a better day than December 15th, 1928?
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    Well, there's a few things
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    according to the text.
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    For starters, not everybody has
  • 31:26 - 31:28
    a better day on the day of their death.
  • 31:28 - 31:31
    I think you know that.
  • 31:31 - 31:32
    On that day in December,
  • 31:32 - 31:34
    when Conrad was given his name
  • 31:34 - 31:37
    by his mom and dad,
  • 31:37 - 31:38
    Adolf Hitler was given a name
  • 31:38 - 31:40
    on the day of his birth.
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    Everything being equal,
  • 31:44 - 31:47
    on the day of their deaths,
  • 31:47 - 31:49
    something has taken a shift, hasn't it?
  • 31:49 - 31:52
    Because your name identifies you
  • 31:52 - 31:54
    with your character
  • 31:54 - 31:57
    and what you have done
  • 31:57 - 31:59
    or what you haven't done.
  • 31:59 - 32:03
    A good name isn't a catchy name.
  • 32:03 - 32:05
    You've got people today
  • 32:05 - 32:07
    that try to name their
    kids in such a way
  • 32:07 - 32:08
    that they stand out.
  • 32:08 - 32:12
    Like Mr. and Mrs. Aire who
    named their son "Billion."
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    We want our son to stand out.
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    We're going to name him Billion.
  • 32:16 - 32:19
    Oh, he'll stand out all right.
  • 32:19 - 32:21
    So it's not just a catchy name.
  • 32:21 - 32:23
    But it's not even a great name.
  • 32:23 - 32:24
    He doesn't say "a great name."
  • 32:24 - 32:26
    He says, "a good name."
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    You've got a lot of great names out there
  • 32:28 - 32:33
    that won't be found in
    the Lamb's Book of Life.
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    Thomas Edison had a great name.
  • 32:36 - 32:39
    In fact, he was called
    "America's inventor."
  • 32:39 - 32:42
    The greatest inventor America had.
  • 32:42 - 32:46
    But he was a naturalist.
  • 32:46 - 32:50
    Einstein. Everybody knows who Einstein is.
  • 32:50 - 32:53
    And he worshiped the god
    of Spinosa the philosopher.
  • 32:53 - 32:56
    He doesn't have a good name.
  • 32:56 - 32:58
    A great one among men.
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    Among scientists.
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    Among philosophers.
  • 33:03 - 33:08
    But the day of his death is not better
  • 33:08 - 33:10
    than the day of his birth.
  • 33:10 - 33:15
    Because it's not a good name.
  • 33:15 - 33:18
    Proverbs 10:7 says,
  • 33:18 - 33:23
    "The memory of the
    righteous is a blessing."
  • 33:23 - 33:26
    It's a blessing to us.
  • 33:26 - 33:28
    Knowing who Conrad was,
  • 33:28 - 33:29
    reading his books,
  • 33:29 - 33:32
    listening to his sermons,
  • 33:32 - 33:35
    seeing pictures, telling stories -
  • 33:35 - 33:37
    they're meant to encourage us.
  • 33:37 - 33:39
    And they do.
  • 33:39 - 33:43
    As they all focus toward that
    name above every name,
  • 33:43 - 33:45
    Jesus Christ.
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    See, if your name doesn't dovetail
  • 33:47 - 33:50
    into that direction,
  • 33:50 - 33:53
    you don't have a good name.
  • 33:53 - 33:56
    And it's not going to be a good day
  • 33:56 - 33:58
    when the expiration date comes for you.
  • 33:58 - 34:01
    Now, this is just what the text says.
  • 34:01 - 34:02
    Do you ever wonder why you're even
  • 34:02 - 34:04
    given a name in the first place?
  • 34:04 - 34:05
    A name identifies you.
  • 34:05 - 34:07
    It makes you part of a society.
  • 34:07 - 34:09
    It tells the community around you
  • 34:09 - 34:14
    that you exist and you're an individual.
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    You give babies names.
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    They don't want you naming fetuses,
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    because that would make them valuable.
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    That would make them a person.
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    That would give them rights.
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    That would somehow elevate them
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    into the community.
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    But we're all given names.
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    We're given names for a reason.
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    And God calls us by name.
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    The very essence of what
    it means to be human
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    means that we have this naming function
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    that we see in Adam in
    the garden, for example.
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    He names the animals.
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    He names them because that's what they are
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    and God says, "name the animals."
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    Because God's given him a name.
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    That's how he can name Eve
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    and say who she is.
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    Not just a proper name, "Eve,"
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    but her function and her identity.
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    We do that.
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    It's called dominion.
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    And you have a name.
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    But the question this morning
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    is will it be a good name?
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    We celebrate Conrad's life
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    because he had a good name.
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    His name's found in the
    Lamb's Book of Life.
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    There are many names,
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    names that you know,
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    that will not be found in
    the Lamb's Book of Life.
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    Well, if you need an example,
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    Caitlin Jenner will not be found
    in the Lamb's Book of Life.
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    Bruce Jenner might be.
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    That's just an example.
    It's not a good name.
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    You can change it.
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    You can nickname it.
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    You can make it catchy.
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    You can do something among men
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    and be great, but if it isn't good,
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    and the righteous are blessed by it,
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    and Christ is glorified in it,
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    it's not a good name.
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    And the day of one's death is not
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    going to be better than
    the day of one's birth.
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    So how is this day, February 23rd,
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    a better day than the
    day of Conrad's birth
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    celebrated 89 times?
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    Well, the most obvious way it's better -
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    it's better for Conrad.
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    Think about what that day meant for him.
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    It wasn't like a birthday party
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    and celebrating and blowing out candles
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    and opening up a few presents.
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    Think about how Conrad entered the world
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    on the day of his birth.
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    Let's compare the two days.
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    On December 15th, he entered the world
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    under the wrath of God
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    according to Ephesians 2.
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    He entered heaven under the grace of God
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    in nothing but praise
    and worship to the Lamb.
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    I think that's a better day.
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    He comes in crying. He goes out praising.
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    Surrounded by sinners
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    and a world of demons and depravity,
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    and according to Romans 8, futility.
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    And he enters a world of completion,
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    inheritance.
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    That work, we heard sung,
    in Philippians 1:6 is done.
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    It's completed.
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    He's complete.
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    He's entered into his inheritance.
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    That's a good day.
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    The book he writes, "Faith Cometh,"
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    it's sight cometh.
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    There's no more salvation when,
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    it's salvation now.
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    These are realities that our brother
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    not just has experienced on that day,
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    but that's for all of us
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    who have a good name.
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    His fight ended.
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    His race concluded.
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    His cross exchanged.
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    A name that was written
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    on the Savior's hand -
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    Isaiah 49:16.
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    Inscribed in the palm of His hand it says.
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    Inscribed in the Lamb's Book of Life.
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    He's now one with the
    name above all names.
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    He's one with his Savior.
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    So it's not only better for Conrad,
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    it's also better for us.
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    Better for us.
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    Wait a minute. That doesn't
    make a lot of sense.
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    I mean, I thought we were
    praying that he would live on.
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    You pray for your loved ones.
    You don't want to see them die
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    and leave and depart
    from you, but it's better.
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    Even for us left behind.
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    How is it better for us?
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    Being sad isn't the same
    thing as being worse off.
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    The heart can be sad, it says,
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    and there can be laughter in the heart.
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    We don't mourn like the world
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    who has no hope.
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    It's better for us because,
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    as it says in Hebrews 13,
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    we can follow his conduct,
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    imitate his faith - leaders among us,
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    the writer tells us.
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    Observe their conduct.
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    Imitate their faith.
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    Well, his conduct all the way
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    till the day he died was faithfulness.
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    You need to imitate that kind of faith.
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    That's better for us.
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    He didn't back out at the last
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    hundred yards of the marathon.
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    That's a testimony for us.
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    It's a testimony knowing that God
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    can take a man made out of clay like us,
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    same frailties and weakness,
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    and bring him across Jordan.
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    That's a good thing.
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    He can turn around and
    say I'm about to die.
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    You watch me die
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    and you follow my example.
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    You need me to die,
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    so you can follow my example.
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    Now that's a leader.
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    Reminds me of Bob Jennings
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    making his own coffin.
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    Constructing it. Who does that?
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    Leaders saying I'm ready to go.
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    You watch me make this.
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    You learn from me.
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    Like Paul would say, "follow my example."
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    We need leaders like that
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    who can face death;
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    that have no fear of death, as it says.
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    We're not enslaved as it says in Romans 8.
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    You cry, "Abba, Father;"
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    you can't cry "scary, scary"
    when it comes to death.
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    No. That's the testimony.
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    So it's better for us
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    that Conrad leaves us richer
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    because of these things.
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    Remember his legacy of how he freely gave.
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    How he judiciously spoke.
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    Sometimes you couldn't
    pry a word out of him.
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    Sometimes.
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    But that's a testimony
    that he leaves behind.
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    He passionately preached,
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    and he unconditionally loved.
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    But lastly, it's not only a
    better day for Conrad,
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    and a better day for us,
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    ironically, it's a better day for God.
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    Wait, how can it be a better day for God?
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    There's no better and worse for God.
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    He's perfect, right?
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    Exactly. We know that.
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    But God says in Psalm 116:15,
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    "Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of His godly ones."
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    God says last Friday,
  • 41:18 - 41:22
    He had a precious moment.
  • 41:22 - 41:24
    Friday.
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    That was God's precious moment.
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    He says that.
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    Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of His godly ones.
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    Something changed on the
    part of God and Conrad
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    last Friday,
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    that will change with you
    on the day of your death.
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    The intercession of Christ is complete
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    for our brother in the earthly body.
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    He enters into the joy of his Master.
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    Our sympathetic High Priest -
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    there's no sympathy anymore
    with Conrad there.
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    He's perfect and complete.
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    He's not entering into that type
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    of necessity from the High Priest
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    in the earthly body.
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    It was the testimony
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    of what Christ did on the cross
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    with Conrad's sins in taking them away
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    and taking away in propitiation
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    the wrath of God,
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    and God making those promises
  • 42:21 - 42:23
    to be faithful to the end,
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    God was vindicated on that day.
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    I was faithful to the end with My own.
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    I kept My own to the end,
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    as Christ prays in John 17.
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    I kept this one till the end.
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    And I am testifying to all the world
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    that I kept him till the end.
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    That was a better day for God.
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    He certifies He's faithful
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    to His own people for His own purposes
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    and for His own cause.
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    Better for Conrad, better for us,
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    better for God.
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    If you don't have a good name,
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    I guess you better hope
    you had a good ointment.
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    Which isn't going to prove effectual
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    on that day.
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    Jesus had a name at birth.
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    "You shall call His name Jesus
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    for He will save His
    people from their sins."
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    The baby in the manger
    didn't save anybody.
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    Not yet.
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    You know how many Jesus's there were
  • 43:20 - 43:22
    running around in Israel in those days?
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    It was a common name.
  • 43:23 - 43:27
    It's a derivative of Joshua.
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    Hundreds of Jewish children named Jesus.
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    But at the end of His life,
  • 43:35 - 43:38
    He had a name no one else had:
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    Jesus Christ.
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    The Messiah.
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    He had to learn to become
  • 43:45 - 43:47
    that faithful High Priest.
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    You don't become that in the manger.
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    You do earn those stripes when you say,
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    "It is finished," at the cross.
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    That's a good name.
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    The name above all names.
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    At the name of Jesus
    Christ, men are saved.
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    They call upon the name
    of the Lord and are saved.
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    What kind of power does
    a name like that have?
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    The name of Jesus Christ.
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    That's a good name.
  • 44:13 - 44:16
    A name that demons fear.
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    A name above every name.
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    So, I close with this.
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    Do you have a good name?
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    Good names also have
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    good reservations in heaven already made.
  • 44:30 - 44:32
    Made in the Lamb's Book of Life.
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    If the only place your name is recorded
  • 44:34 - 44:39
    is on your birth certificate,
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    your name will not be found on that day.
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    Because on that day as it says
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    in Revelation 20, "And they looked,
  • 44:45 - 44:48
    and his name was not recorded
  • 44:48 - 44:50
    in the Lamb's Book of Life."
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    Or, his name was recorded
  • 44:51 - 44:53
    in the Lamb's Book of Life.
  • 44:53 - 44:57
    Your name. It identifies who you are.
  • 44:57 - 44:58
    It doesn't have to be catchy,
  • 44:58 - 45:00
    and it doesn't have to be great.
  • 45:00 - 45:02
    But it has to be tied and surrounded
  • 45:02 - 45:05
    and dovetailed into the
    name above all names -
  • 45:05 - 45:07
    Jesus Christ -
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    for it to be a good name.
  • 45:08 - 45:11
    And you know when it's a good name,
  • 45:11 - 45:14
    it says in Revelation 2,
  • 45:14 - 45:17
    He'll give you a new name.
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    Imagine that.
  • 45:18 - 45:20
    A new name.
  • 45:20 - 45:22
    And it won't have a last name
  • 45:22 - 45:25
    that identifies me with
    the tribe of LaCour,
  • 45:25 - 45:27
    and identifies me specifically
    out of the tribe of LeCour - Mark.
  • 45:27 - 45:29
    And I've got a middle
    name to make sure
  • 45:29 - 45:31
    in case there's two Mark's,
  • 45:31 - 45:32
    I'm Mark Keith LaCour.
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    No, it won't be like that.
  • 45:33 - 45:34
    It will be a new name.
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    A new name that He gives to His own.
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    His own children.
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    A name that incorporates His name with it.
  • 45:43 - 45:46
    Abram wasn't always going
    to stay Abram, right?
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    He was going to be called "Abraham."
  • 45:49 - 45:52
    And the "-ham" part is part of Yahweh
  • 45:52 - 45:53
    when you pronounce it in the Hebrew.
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    And God says you're going
    to take in part of My name.
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    And you're going to walk
    the rest of your life -
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    this is what you're going to be called.
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    No, you're not going to be called Saul.
    You're going to be called Paul.
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    No, Cephas, you're going
    to be called Peter.
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    What are they going to call you?
  • 46:07 - 46:10
    What is that new name going to be?
  • 46:10 - 46:11
    Do you have one?
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    You can't get a new one,
  • 46:12 - 46:14
    unless you have a good one.
  • 46:14 - 46:16
    And good ones are found recorded
  • 46:16 - 46:18
    in the Lamb's Book of Life by the Lamb.
  • 46:18 - 46:21
    Conrad Murrell had a good name.
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    He wore many hats, but it's that name.
  • 46:25 - 46:27
    Will that name be remembered?
  • 46:27 - 46:30
    Of course. Will yours be remembered?
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    Let's ask the Lord and pray.
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    Father, we ask, help us in this, Lord,
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    in Your Word.
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    We seek to lift up Jesus Christ.
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    We ask Father, that You would
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    bring Your Word to bear.
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    Cause us, Father, to have a good name.
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    Not just simply the names
  • 46:55 - 46:57
    our parents gave us,
  • 46:57 - 46:59
    but the name You give us.
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    One of Your own.
  • 47:01 - 47:09
    One of the Lamb's elect.
  • 47:09 - 47:11
    He died on the cross for our sins.
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    We love You and we thank You.
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    In Christ's great name we pray, Amen.
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    I want to read a passage
  • 47:23 - 47:35
    out of 2 Timothy.
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    We want to listen close to the words.
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    And as we read this,
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    it is Paul.
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    But I think it's worthy
    that Conrad Murrell
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    can say these words.
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    At that time while he was still waiting
  • 48:00 - 48:04
    his time.
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    He says here:
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    "For I am now ready..."
  • 48:12 - 48:15
    I am ready.
  • 48:15 - 48:19
    And he'd want to know, are we ready?
  • 48:19 - 48:21
    Now remember, one time he said,
  • 48:21 - 48:23
    pulled between two -
    whether to stay or not stay,
  • 48:23 - 48:24
    it'd be better to be there than here,
  • 48:24 - 48:27
    but he stayed because
    God still wanted him here.
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    We should be content with the will of God
  • 48:30 - 48:33
    to be here as long as God wants us.
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    And Brother Conrad was
    still blessing my heart
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    even when he could hardly
    get out of the house.
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    Why? God didn't leave him here
  • 48:41 - 48:43
    just for a trophy.
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    He left him here still a treasure
  • 48:45 - 48:47
    that is rich if you could sit at his feet
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    and just begin to listen to his few words.
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    He would embrace you
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    with the love and grace of God.
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    Alright, now.
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    "I'm now ready to be offered."
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    Now this is a continuing thing here.
  • 49:06 - 49:14
    (unintelligible)
  • 49:14 - 49:17
    Many times rejected by some.
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    But loved by the many that are here
  • 49:18 - 49:20
    on this day now.
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    He says, "the time is at hand,
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    I have fought a good fight.
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    I have finished my course."
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    Not somebody else's.
  • 49:29 - 49:32
    He didn't come off an assembly line.
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    But from the throne and the heart of God,
  • 49:35 - 49:38
    to minister to you and I.
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    "I have kept the faith.
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    Henceforth, there is laid up for me
  • 49:42 - 49:46
    a crown of righteousness."
  • 49:46 - 49:52
    One thing we see that is missing
  • 49:52 - 49:55
    in the language - it's not really missing,
  • 49:55 - 50:00
    but it's not there.
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    He's ready to be offered.
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    He didn't say or use the word "death."
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    Do we get it?
  • 50:08 - 50:11
    That's right. It's not in that passage.
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    Though it was in knowing it would be so,
  • 50:14 - 50:16
    and I wasn't there at the death
  • 50:16 - 50:18
    with the rest of the family,
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    but I don't think he had a fear of death.
  • 50:22 - 50:29
    (unintelligible)
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    It's been conquered in Christ.
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    And his life was to the
    end, the Apostle Paul,
  • 50:35 - 50:36
    was to be offered.
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    He was still going on.
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    (unintelligible)
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    He said have those bring my cloak.
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    He didn't know when, but
    he knew it was at hand.
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    And our brother knew his was at hand,
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    and he was ready to be offered.
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    And I would say you never heard him
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    in fear of death, did you?
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    No.
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    We misunderstand sometimes
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    like the disciples.
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    Lord, if Lazarus is just asleep...
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    He said I'm going to have to speak
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    on your level, your terms - he's dead.
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    But here the Apostle Paul
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    and our brother Conrad,
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    he didn't talk about these things.
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    Men, for each of us,
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    the greatest fear on
    the face of this earth
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    is death.
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    Just rest in the Lord.
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    Just trust Him.
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    Nothing to fear.
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    Before my wife sings this song
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    that Conrad always loved
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    and wanted to hear her sing,
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    I've been thinking about some words
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    that Conrad penned -
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    first preached and then penned
    in his book "Faith Cometh."
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    He said, "Faith is not a state of mind.
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    Faith is not conviction.
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    It is not assurance.
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    Faith is something you do
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    in light of who God is
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    and what God has said."
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    And I saw that in our dear brother,
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    an abiding faith
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    and just a rest in Christ.
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    And this song, I think, captured
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    that restfulness of his
    spirit in the Lord.
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    No matter what the Lord gave,
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    it was alright with our brother
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    and should be alright with us.
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    Our God is good.
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    He would really shout loud too.
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    Consider the lilies,
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    they don't toil, nor spin.
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    And there's not a king
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    with more splendor than them.
Title:
Conrad Murrell's Funeral: Forever With the Lord
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Video Language:
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Duration:
53:07

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